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Being An Author

September 21, 2018

This week I wanted to share a few thoughts on being an author.

Being an author requires a great deal of oneself. It is as if you are required to prove your craft every day in order to live up to the expectations that you and your public have placed upon you. It is a full-time job.

Being an author requires writing skill. This may seem obvious but look at many of the books that are available through Amazon.com. Many are so poorly written that even a four-year old child would find instant fault with them. Writing is a learned behavior and one that requires constant improvement throughout the years. It is not a one shot, wham-bam experience no matter what you’ve heard on the internet. Each author, famous or unheard of, spends an entire lifetime honing his craft and making it ever better.

Being an author also requires fidelity to one’s self and to one’s audience. As a writer you can’t jump ship on either of these principles. An author can not be other than himself and must always operate with his own moral compass firmly in hand. An author also has a responsibility to his readership to remain constant and not go off on weird tangents that loses his readership at the first turn.

Being an author implies that you are paid, at least if the word professional precedes author. Many unpublished and unpaid writers claim to be professional authors. Unless they have received payment for their work, their claims are untrue. One can be a writer for his entire life but unless he is paid he is not a professional.

Being an author is not a stepping-stone to becoming a millionaire. For every author who has made millions of dollars with their writing there are surely several million who make little to nothing for their work. Most authors write simply because that is what they do. That is their talent, not fixing cars or running hedge funds. Most ply their craft unwaveringly their whole life regardless of the amount of financial gain.

I have often quipped at my wife that I should write my own obituary. With a smirk I say, “After all, a professional should write it!” Seriously, I would hate to feel there would be typos and poor sentence structure in my final bit so maybe I should indeed get going with that project soon.

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5 Comments
  1. We all should write our own obituaries!

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  2. I’ve been thinking more and more lately about writing my own obituary. After all, who knows me better than me?
    Keep the pithy posts coming . . . (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a sentence.) 😇

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  3. Reblogged this on allenrizzi and commented:

    Thoughts for a Saturday…

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